Macallan 1996 18 Years Sherry Oak



The 1996 'vintage' edition of Macallan's iconic Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak cask. With the discontinuation of age statements across most of their range, we have one question: How much longer will these 18yos continue to be produced?


THE classic. Not too sure if this line's been now discontinued or if they'll keep making them. Mind you, a genuine age, a genuine vintage and some genuine sherry casks from Jerez! Colour: dark amber. Nose: I don’t know how to put this, but this baby feels like home. What strikes first is a combination of juicy sultanas with orange marmalade and a new pack of eucalyptus drops, which makes it kind of wider than the usual sherry monster, whether coffeeish or Chrismassy. Then we have a little menthol, prunes, some chocolate and ganache, ultra-ripe bananas and a curious yet lovely feeling of curry powder with coconut milk and ginger. Kerala style? Mouth: it’s rather drier than expected, certainly big, very full, very rich and then ultra-raisiny, that is to say that it’s becoming sweeter indeed. Then more chocolate and touches of coffee, a wee spiciness again (mole sauce?) and the faintest traces of new oak. It’s actually not very ‘wide’ and rather pretty compact and ‘focussed’, but that works perfectly. Finish: rather long, maybe a notch oaky now, quite dry this time, with some bitter chocolate and a little mustard. The aftertaste is quite oaky. Comments: a sure bet. I think some vintages from the 1980s have been rather below par, but the recent ones are certainly up there again. SGP:551 - 89 points.


Distillery Macallan
Classification Single Malt Whisky
Bottle No./Released -/-
Vintage -
Age -
Bottler Official Bottling
Bottling Date ± 1996
ABV/ Volume 43.0%/ 70cl
Rating/SGP 89/551
Cask Number -


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